An article in the July 20, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the quick thinking and courageous actions by a family servant after lightning cause a fire in a Catonsville home during a severe storm in the area.

At the height of the storm Sunday evening, lightning struck the home of Mr. William Hopkins, Beechfield avenue, tearing the gable from one end of the house and setting it on fire. Mr. Hopkins is in Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. Hopkins, her two small children and a servant were in the house. The servant, after summoning the Catonsville and Mount Winans fire departments, grabbed a long garden hose, fastened it to a spigot on the outside of the house and carried the hose to the top floor. Standing on a window ledge, he succeeded in holding the blaze in check until the arrival of the firemen.

The ground near the house was littered with the shingles from the roof. The damage was about $50.

Just previous to the accident at the house, a large poplar tree 100 yards away was hit. The bark was nearly split to the roots.


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Lightning also struck the home of Mr. John Z. Whitney, on Melrose avenue. A portion of the chimney was knocked from the roof and bricks were scattered over the yard.

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Thursday's rain prevented the opening of the Odd Fellow's lawn fete on the lot belonging to the Misses Carter on Ingleside avenue. Weather permitting, the fete will be held Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Indicating continued activity in Catonsville residential properties is the sale reported several days ago of an attractive property of Mrs. R.L. Coffin, on Shady Nook avenue, Paradise to H. Brooks Levering. The tract consists of one acre of land improved with an eight-room residence and all necessary out-buildings. The purchase price is reported at $5,000. Mr. and Mrs. Coffin have moved to Violetville.

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After a week of terrific heat continuing day and night, which was trying on man and beast, the atmosphere was considerably cooled by the storm Thursday. The relief from the heat was greatly appreciated.

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An article in the July 16, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the fatal consequences after a young Oella resident went for a ride on a motorcycle.

Edward Derflinger, 26, Oella resident was fatally injured on Thursday morning of this week when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a safety fence on Oella Avenue. Derflinger was taken to Mercy Hospital after receiving first aid from a local physician. The accident occurred around noon time today. It was reported that Derflinger had borrowed the cycle from another Oella resident.

Derflinger died at the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

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Last Sunday evening, the home of Mrs. George D.C. Hesse, Edmondson Avenue extended, was the scene of a most enjoyable birthday party. The grounds were attractively decorated for the occasion, with colored lights making a beautiful reflection on the spacious lawn. The guests made merry until late in the evening when supper was served. At midnight, the birthday cake was cut and all offered congratulations and many happy returns of the day.

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People of Halethorpe are again warned of the appearance of sneak thieves in this section. The store of Mr. W. L. Hucke of Washington Boulevard and the home of Mrs. J. P. Williams of Linden Avenue were both broken into recently.

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